St Thomas Anglican Church, Howrah & St Barnabas Anglican Church, South Arm, Tasmania

Affirming lives, reflecting the hope we have in Jesus

A Service of Spiritual Communion

If for good reason it is not possible for you to receive the sacrament of Christ’s body and blood, be assured that when you truly repent of your sins, steadfastly believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross for your redemption and are heartily thankful for all that flows from his sacrificial love, you truly eat and drink his body and blood, and he lives in you and you live in him.

It is suggested you use this order of service at the time when you normally attend church, so that you are worshipping God in solidarity with your friends from church.

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with us all. Amen.

Two great Commandments

Our Lord Jesus Christ said:

‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbour as yourself.’ On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.                                                                               Matthew 22.37- Mark 12.30-31

Prayer of the day

Readings

Response to the readings

This is the Word of the Lord. Hear the Word of the Lord.

Sermon

It is suggested that you read/listen to the sermon supplied  

Affirmation of Faith

The Apostles Creed

I believe in God, the Father almighty,

creator of heaven and earth.

I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord,

who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,

born of the Virgin Mary,

suffered under Pontius Pilate,

was crucified, died, and was buried;

he descended to the dead.

On the third day he rose again;

he ascended into heaven,

he is seated at the right hand of the Father,

and he will come to judge

the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit,

the holy catholic Church,

the communion of saints,

the forgiveness of sins,

the resurrection of the body,

and the life everlasting. Amen.

Prayer of Repentance:

Take a few minutes to thoughtfully consider each of these shortcomings in your life where you have failed to love God with all your heart and to love your neighbour as yourself.

God the Father, maker of heaven and earth, have mercy on us.

God the Son, redeemer of the world, have mercy on us.

God the Holy Spirit, giver of light and life, have mercy on us.

All        Forgive us, Lord:

for accepting life yet living it without you.

for living without concern for others.

for tolerating oppression, injustice and wrong.

for disobeying your will and commandments.

for refusing to love and forgive others.

for turning the world to our own purposes and desires. Amen.

Thank you, Lord, for your mercy and forgiveness. Help us in all things to hold to your will and purpose. Amen.

Thanksgiving for Jesus:

Pause after each paragraph to meditate on the words.

Lord our God, with brothers and sisters in every time and every place we lift up our hearts to you. We join with all your holy Church in giving you thanks and praise.

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Loving God, we thank you for this world of wonder and delight. You have given it to us to care for, so that all your creatures may enjoy its bounty.

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We thank you that when we turned away from you, you sent Jesus to live and work as one of us and bring us back to you. He showed us how to love you and set us free to love and serve one another.

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We thank you that on the cross Jesus took away our sin, all that keeps us from each other and from you. He frees us from hate and fear, from all that destroys love and trust.

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And so, with everyone who believes in you, in heaven and on earth, we rejoice and praise you, saying:

All        Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might, heaven and earth are full of your glory.  Hosanna in the highest.

We thank you that on the night Jesus was betrayed, he took bread and gave you thanks. He broke the bread and gave it to his friends, and said, ‘Take and eat. This is my body given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.’ After supper he took the cup and gave you thanks. He shared the cup with them and said, ‘This is my blood poured out so that sins may be forgiven. Do this in remembrance of me.’ 

All        Lord Jesus, you are the bread of life. We are sad that   we cannot join with your people around your table in the fellowship of the Holy Communion this day. But help us to truly feed on you in our hearts as we remember with thankfulness all you have done for us.

So, we join with every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and in the sea, and all that is in them, the song of universal adoration:

All        To the one seated on the throne and to the Lamb be blessing and honour and glory and might for ever and ever! Amen.

Prayer for others

Take time to pray for the needs of others and the world:

Prayer of Trust:

Assured of God’s love you can confidently pray what our Saviour Christ’s taught us:

Our Father in heaven,

hallowed be your name,

your kingdom come,

your will be done on earth as in heaven.

Give us today our daily bread.

Forgive us our sins as we forgive

those who sin against us.

Save us from the time of trial

and deliver us from evil.

For the kingdom, the power

and the glory are yours

now and forever.  Amen.

Prayer of Commitment:

Here is an ancient English prayer to learn by heart and cherish:

Thanks be to you, our Lord Jesus Christ, for all the benefits which you have given us, for all the pains and insults which you have borne for us.

Most merciful Redeemer, Friend and Brother, may we know you more clearly, love you more dearly, and follow you more nearly, day by day. Amen.

Prayer of Blessing:

Take time to bring to mind people on your heart:

God our creator, you have made each one of us in every part.

Bless us through and through, that we may delight to serve you to the full.

Bless our eyes, that we may discern the beauty you give.

Bless our ears, that we may hear you in the music of sounds.

Bless our sense of smell, that your fragrance may fill our being.

Bless our lips, that we may speak your truth, and sing your joy.

Bless our hands, that they may play, write and touch as you guide them.

Bless our feet, that they may be messengers of your peace.

Bless our imaginations, that we may be fired with wonder in your truth.

Bless our hearts, that they may be filled with your love.

Bless us through and through, that we may delight to serve you to the full,

through Jesus Christ, who took our nature to make us whole.  Amen.

Fellowship

It is suggested you make a cuppa and call up friends from church to encourage them, like you would if you were at St Thomas or St Barnabas.

©1995 The Anglican Church of Australia Trust Corporation. From the text of A Prayer Book for Australia, published under the imprint of Broughton Books. Reproduced with permission 2003. 

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